Sound In­vest­ment

Hong Kong Tatler Society - - Best Of Life -

Rare mu­si­cal in­stru­ments can tug at the heart strings of af­flu­ent, cul­tur­ally savvy col­lec­tors in a way stock cer­tifi­cates or lux­ury prop­erty never will. Take, for ex­am­ple, Le Silex, a pi­ano de­vel­oped by UK-based Edel­weiss Pi­anos. It’s a one-in-a-bil­lion mu­si­cal mas­ter­piece—quite lit­er­ally, as only seven will ever be pro­duced. As much a work of art as a mu­si­cal in­stru­ment, its de­sign is in­spired by the beauty of weath­ered flint. Each pi­ano is cast from a life-size clay ren­der­ing metic­u­lously sculpted by a team of 15 de­sign­ers and ar­ti­sans, and takes six months to com­plete. Edel­weiss of­fers a va­ri­ety of de­sign op­tions, in­clud­ing hand-painted tex­tures and tac­tile fin­ishes, to make each pi­ano unique. The in­stru­ment not only looks good, it sounds good— whether you play or not. An iPod built into a hid­den drawer and a self-play­ing mech­a­nism al­lows the pi­ano to play along with pre-recorded tracks, from clas­si­cal and jazz to coun­try and pop.

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